Brian De Palma

Brian Russell De Palma is an American film director and writer. In a career spanning over 40 years, he is probably best known for his suspense and crime thriller films, including such box office successes as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Scarface, The Untouchables, and Mission: Impossible. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, De Palma worked repeatedly with actors Jennifer Salt, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen (his wife from 1979 to 1983), Gary Sinise, John Lithgow, William Finley, Charles Durning, Gerrit Graham, cinematographers Stephen H. Burum and Vilmos Zsigmond (see List of noted film director and cinematographer collaborations), set designer Jack Fisk, and composers Bernard Herrmann and Pino Donaggio. De Palma is credited with fostering the careers of or outright discovering Robert De Niro, Jill Clayburgh, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Andy Garcia and Margot Kidder.

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Blow Out (1981)

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Nancy Allen  •  John Lithgow  •  Dennis Franz

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Nancy Allen  •  John Lithgow  •  Dennis Franz

Carlito's Way (1993)

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A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him, and lead a better life outside NYC.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Sean Penn  •  Penelope Ann Miller  •  John Leguizamo

A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him, and lead a better life outside NYC.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Sean Penn  •  Penelope Ann Miller  •  John Leguizamo

Carrie (1976)

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Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Sissy Spacek  •  Piper Laurie  •  Amy Irving  •  William Katt

Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Sissy Spacek  •  Piper Laurie  •  Amy Irving  •  William Katt

Casualties of War (1989)

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  Sean Penn  •  Don Harvey  •  John C. Reilly

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  Sean Penn  •  Don Harvey  •  John C. Reilly

Dressed to Kill (1980)

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A mysterious, tall, blonde woman wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Angie Dickinson  •  Nancy Allen  •  Keith Gordon

A mysterious, tall, blonde woman wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Angie Dickinson  •  Nancy Allen  •  Keith Gordon

Femme Fatale (2002)

A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Rebecca Romijn  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Peter Coyote  •  Rie Rasmussen

A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Rebecca Romijn  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Peter Coyote  •  Rie Rasmussen

Greetings (1968)

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and amateur film-making.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Jonathan Warden  •  Robert De Niro  •  Gerrit Graham  •  Peter Maloney

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and amateur film-making.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Jonathan Warden  •  Robert De Niro  •  Gerrit Graham  •  Peter Maloney

Hi, Mom! (1970)

Vietnam vet Jon Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, 'Peeping Tom' style, the people in the apartment across the street. His obsession with making films leads him to fall in with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Jennifer Salt  •  Allen Garfield  •  Charles Durning

Vietnam vet Jon Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, 'Peeping Tom' style, the people in the apartment across the street. His obsession with making films leads him to fall in with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Jennifer Salt  •  Allen Garfield  •  Charles Durning

Mission to Mars (2000)

When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Gary Sinise  •  Tim Robbins  •  Don Cheadle  •  Connie Nielsen

When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Gary Sinise  •  Tim Robbins  •  Don Cheadle  •  Connie Nielsen

Mission: Impossible (1996)

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When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Jon Voight  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Henry Czerny

When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Jon Voight  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Henry Czerny

Obsession (1976)

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  John Lithgow  •  Sylvia Kuumba Williams

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  John Lithgow  •  Sylvia Kuumba Williams

Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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Fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Winslow wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, the Paradise. After Swan has Winslow ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  William Finley  •  Paul Williams  •  Jessica Harper  •  Gerrit Graham

Fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Winslow wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, the Paradise. After Swan has Winslow ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  William Finley  •  Paul Williams  •  Jessica Harper  •  Gerrit Graham

Scarface (1983)

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After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Steven Bauer  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Steven Bauer  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Sisters (1973)

Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is forced to take ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Margot Kidder  •  Jennifer Salt  •  Charles Durning  •  William Finley

Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is forced to take ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Margot Kidder  •  Jennifer Salt  •  Charles Durning  •  William Finley

Snake Eyes (1998)

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Gary Sinise  •  John Heard  •  Carla Gugino

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Gary Sinise  •  John Heard  •  Carla Gugino

The Black Dahlia (2006)

Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Josh Hartnett  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Hilary Swank

Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Josh Hartnett  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Hilary Swank

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Bruce Willis  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Kim Cattrall

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Bruce Willis  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Kim Cattrall

The Fury (1978)

A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harness his extremely powerful psychic abilities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  John Cassavetes  •  Amy Irving  •  Carrie Snodgress

A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harness his extremely powerful psychic abilities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  John Cassavetes  •  Amy Irving  •  Carrie Snodgress

The Untouchables (1987)

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Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Sean Connery  •  Robert De Niro  •  Andy García

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Sean Connery  •  Robert De Niro  •  Andy García

Body Double (1984)

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After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully finally catches a break: he gets offered a gig house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills. While peering through the beautiful home's telescope one night, he spies a gorgeous blonde dancing in her window. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Craig Wasson  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Gregg Henry  •  Deborah Shelton

After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully finally catches a break: he gets offered a gig house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills. While peering through the beautiful home's telescope one night, he spies a gorgeous blonde dancing in her window. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Craig Wasson  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Gregg Henry  •  Deborah Shelton
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